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Friday August 31st

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 7 in E (1881-3, ed. Haas) ((i) Allegro moderato [21:04] (ii) Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam [23:28] (iii) Scherzo: Sehr schnell – Trio: Etwas langsamer [10:06] (iv) Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell [12:20]) Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/James Loughran rec. live, Aarhus Cathedral, Denmark, 28 April 2005. DDD DANACORD DACOCD655 [67:28] [PCW]

A bit plain spun: not bad but not competitive either … see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848) Adelia - opera seria in three acts (1841) Adelia, a young girl - Michela Sburlati (soprano); Arnoldo, her father and a commoner – Andrea Silvestrelli (bass); Count Oliviero, a nobleman in love with Adelia – Davis Sotgiu (tenor); Duke Carlo, the local ruler – Giulio Mastrototaro (baritone) Haydn Choir; Haydn Orchestra von Bozen und Trient/Gustav Kuhn rec. 11-16 December 2006, Auditorium, Bozen Sung in Italian. Libretto and translation as PDF (CD 2) BMG-RCA RED SEAL 86697 10813 2 [54.25 + 67.03] [RJF]

Whilst not a singing cast of the highest international standard this is particularly welcome for the opportunity to hear a rarely performed late period Donizetti opera. Full of the kind of melodic invention that could flow from his pen even when not fully inspired by the libretto ... see Full Review

Andrzej PANUFNIK (1914-1991) Sinfonia Sacra (1963) [20:19] Sinfonia Rustica (1948) [24:28] Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp and strings (1973) [20:50] Aurčle Nicolet (flute); Osian Ellis (harp) Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra/composer (Sacra; Rustica) Menuhin Festival Orchestra/composer rec. Salle Alcazar, Monte Carlo, 1-3 June 1966; No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 20 February 1975. ADD EMI CLASSICS BRITISH COMPOSERS SERIES 3522892 [66:46] [RB]

Consistently satisfying music articulated through minimal means … the best possible Panufnik introduction ... see Full Review

RECORDING OF THE MONTH Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681-1767) Drei sind, die da zuegen im Himmel, TVWV 1:377 (1711) [12:09]* Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, TVWV 1:843 (1717) [12:10]* Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste, TVWV 1:1629 (1727) [14:27]* Er kam, lobsingt ihm, TVWV 1:377 (1759) [15:05]** Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert (Veronika Winter (soprano)*; Lena Susanne Norin (alto)*; Jan Kobow (tenor)*; Ekkehard Abele (bass)*; Ingrid Schmithüsen (soprano)**; Claudia Schubert (alto)**; Howard Crook (tenor) **; Gotthold Schwarz (bass)**)/Hermann Max rec. Magdeburg, Germany, 18 March, 2006, DDD*; 25-29 April, 1997. DDD** CPO 777 195-2 [57:08] [MS]

An outstanding collection of high Baroque cantatas sung with conviction, gentle authority and perception by Rheinische Kantorei; Das Kleine Konzert with soloists under Hermann Max. Full of glorious warmth and light … see Full Review

Great Swedish Singers - Rut Jacobson Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791) Le nozze di Figaro (1786) 1. E Susanna non vien!... Dovre sono [6:57] Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868) Le Comte Ory (1828) 2. En proie ŕ la tristesse [7:55] Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901) La traviata (1853) 3. Addio del passato [3:48] Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893) Eugene Onegin (1879) 4. O! Kak mnye tyazhelo! [12:26] Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924) Madama Butterfly (1904) 5. Un bel di, vedremo  [4:27] Pietro MASCAGNI (1863–1945) L’amico Fritz (1891) 6. Suzel, buon di … Tutto tace [8:56] August SÖDERMAN (1832–1876) Hin Ondes första lärospĺn (Le diable ŕ lécole) (1856) 7. Helga Jungfru (Holy Virgin) [5:08] Gösta NYSTROEM (1890–1966) Herr Arnes penningar (Herr Arne’s Hoard) (1959) 8. Varför äter du inte? [2:51] Lars Johan WERLE (1926–2001) Tintomara (1973) 9. Glans, vilken glans [6:43] Ivar HALLSTRÖM (1826-1901) Den bergtagna (The Bride of the Mountain King) (1874) 10. Spinn, spinn gyllne sländan min [7:27] Hertig Magnus och sjöjungfrun (Duke Magnus and the Mermaid) (1865) 11. Jag lekte som barn [2:59] Jacopo FORONI (1825–1858) Maître Pathelin (1858) 12. Besöka honom, stackars karl [4:18] Rut Jacobson (soprano) Suzanne Brenning (mezzo-soprano) (2), Harald Ek (tenor) (2), Per Stokholm (baritone) (4), Tonny Landy (tenor) (6), Busk Margit Jonsson (soprano) (8), Marie-Louise Hasselgren (mezzo-soprano) (9), Arne Tyrén (bas) (12); Chorus and Orchestra of the Stora Teatern, Gothenburg; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Sixten Eckerberg; Okko Kamu, Styrbjörn Lindedal; Stig Rybrant; Gunnar Staern; Stig Westerberg rec. 1959–1976 BLUEBELL ABCD097 [75:07] [GF]

Excellent singing and identification by one of the great Swedish singers of yesterday. This issue is also valuable for some rare Swedish opera excerpts ... see Full Review

Thursday August 30th

York BOWEN (1884-1961) Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Concertstück, Op. 17 (1905) [21.33] Piano Concerto No. 3 in G minor Fantasia, Op. 23 (1907) [19.40] Symphonic Fantasia – a tone poem, Op. 16 (1905) [33:16] Michael Dussek (piano) BBC Concert Orchestra/Vernon Handley rec. 20-21 February 2007, The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, England. DDD DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7187 [74.56] [RB]

A most enjoyable helping of Bowen’s late-romanticism which does nothing to dampen the demand for more of the concertos ... see Full Review

Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877-1933) Piano Works Vol. 4 Exotische Rhapsodie Op. 118 (1917) [14:01] Zwielicht-Impressionen (1913) [4:33] Heidebilder Op. 127 (1917) [17:00] Zwei Klavierstücke (1902) [8:03] Nächtlicher Regen [2:53] Mosaik Op. 146 [27:27] Ernst Breidenbach (piano) rec. Lazarus-Kirche, Nieder-Ramstadt, 9-12 January 2004 DDD CPO 999773-2 [74:00] [PCW]

A typically interesting CPO offering … see Full Review

Quincy Porter (1897-1966) String Quartet No.1 in E minor (1922-23) [19:19] String Quartet No.2 (1925) [14:29] String Quartet No.3 (1930) [16:23] String Quartet No.4 (1931) [15:19] Ives Quartet: (Bettina Mussumeli (1st violin); Susan Freier (2nd violin); Judi Levitz (viola); Stephen Harrison (cello)). rec. St Stephen’s Church, Belvedere, California, 21-26 May 2006. DDD NAXOS 8.559305 [65:30] [JF]

The playing is stunning and subtle … players who are perfectly at home with this fine music ... see Full Review

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Music for Strings Paul HINDEMITH (1895-1963) Fünf Stücke, Op.44 No.4 (1927) [11:31]Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) Visions Fugitives, Op.22 (arr. R. Barshai) (1915-17) [17:23] Béla BARTÓK (1891-1945) Divertimento for Strings, Sz.113 (1939) [26:51]Antonio VIVALDI (1678-1741) Concerto in B minor, Op.3 No.10 (pub.1711) [10:13] Concerto in D major Op.3 No.1 (pub.1711) [10:20] Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner (Hindemith, Prokofiev) Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Rudolf Barshai (Bartók, Vivaldi) rec. St. John’s, Smith Square, London, July 1974 (Hindemith) and October 1972 (Prokofiev), and at Decca Studio 3, West Hampstead, London, July 1962 (Bartók, Vivaldi) DECCA ELOQUENCE 442 8414 [76:38] [DC]

With excellent sonics and musicianship and a high score in the ‘first CD release’ stakes this disc is as good as self-recommending ... see Full Review

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Salzburg Recital 1956 Gottfried H. STÖLZEL (1690-1749) Bist du bei mir (3:13) (attrib. J.S. Bach) Alessandro PARISOTTI (1853-1913) Se tu m'ami (2:21) (attrib. Pergolesi) George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Atalanta, HWV 35: Care selve (3:30) Christoph GLUCK (1714-1787) La rencontre imprevue: C'est un torrent impetueux (2:22) Ludwig Van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Songs (3), Op. 83: no 1, Wonne der Wehmut (3:03) Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828) An Sylvia, D 891/Op. 106 no 4 (2:28) Rosamunde, D 797/Op. 26: no 5, Romance "Der Vollmond strahlt" (3:45) Die Vogel, D 691/Op. 172 no 6 (0:49) Der Einsame, D 800 (4:30) Vedi, quanto adoro, D 510 "Didone abbandonata" (4:30) Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Goethe Lieder: no 9, Mignon "Kennst du das Land" (6:50) Goethe Lieder: no 8, Philine (3:21) Eichendorff Lieder: no 8, Nachtzauber (3:59) Eichendorff Lieder: no 7, Die Zigeunerin (3:26) Richard STRAUSS (1864-1949) Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 1, Ruhe, meine Seele (3:18) Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied (4:12) Lieder (5), Op. 69: no 5, Schlechtes Wetter (2:02) Lieder (4), Op. 36: no 3, Hat gesagt, bleibts nicht dabei (2:15) Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Warnung, K 433 (416c) (2:24) Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Myrthen, Op. 25: no 3, Der Nussbaum (3:24) Franz SCHUBERT Die schone Mullerin, D 795/Op. 25: no 7, Ungeduld (3:12) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano); Gerald Moore (piano) rec. 7 August 1956, Salzburg Festival ARCHIPEL ARPCD0390 [69:57] [EMc]

No sense of strain, no wobble, perfect legato and astounding breath control. The performances always capture the attention ... see Full Review

 

Wednesday August 29th

Alban BERG (1885-1935) String Quartet, Op. 3 (1910) [21:45] Lyric Suite (1925/26) [28:31] Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) Italian Serenade (1887) [6:56] New Zealand String Quartet (Helene Pohl, Douglas Beilman, violins; Gilliam Snsell, viola; Rolf Grelsten, cello) rec. Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 22-24 November 2004. DDD NAXOS 8.557374 [57:28] [CC]

These are urgent interpretations … interpretative stature and technical prowess ... see Full Review

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony No. 6 in A (1879-81) [57:01] ((i) Majestoso [15:56]; (ii) Adagio. Sehr feierlich [17:19]; (iii) Scherzo – Trio [8:36]; (iv) Finale [15:06]) Staatskapelle Dresden/Bernard Haitink rec. live, Semperoper, Dresden, Germany, 2 November 2003. DDD PROFIL PH07011 [57:01] [PCW]

Looking for mid-price Bruckner 6 in modern sound? Look no further … see Full Review

Joseph HOROVITZ (b. 1926) Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1948, rev. 1956)† Concerto for Euphonium and Chamber Orchestra (1972, rev. 1976) Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (1949-50)† Jazz Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion (1965) Jeremy Brown (bass); Matt Skelton (percussion); Fiona Cross (clarinet); Steven Mead (euphonium); Andrew Haveron (violin); David Owen Norris (piano) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Joseph Horovitz rec. Cadogan Hall, London, 13-14 September 2006, Angel Studios, London, 14 November 2006 † premiere recordings DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7188 [74:41] [RB]

Discover Horovitz the craftsman whose touching cantilena is as accomplished as his jazzy lightness of being. Let’s now hear the other concertos, please ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Die Zauberflöte (für Kinder) Pamina, Ileana Contrubas (sop); Tamino, Peter Schreier (ten); Papageno, Christian Boesch (bar); Sarastro, Kurt Rydl (bass); Queen of the Night, Zdislawa Donat (sop); Papagena, Gudrun Sieber, (sop); Monostatos, Horst Hiestermann (ten) Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/James Levine Presented by Christian Boesch and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle rec. live, 26 August 1982, Felsenreitschule, Salzburg LPCM Stereo Format DVD 9, Region code 0. TDK DVWW-OPMFC [106:00] [DC]

Very much a German language production, but excellent entertainment nonetheless ... see Full Review

Louis SPOHR (1784–1859) Grand Concert Overture in F major WoO1 (1819) [6:31] Symphony No 1 in E flat major Op 20 (1811) [36:36] Symphony No 2 in D minor Op 49 (1820) [30:48] Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana/Howard Shelley rec. Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland, 11-15 September 2006. DDD HYPERION CDA67616 [74:04] [RB]

Spohr was feted in his time yet his music sank deeper than plummet’s plunge after his death. It was an undeserved fate ... see Full Review

 

Tuesday August 28th

Arthur de GREEF (1862-1940) Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor (1896 rev 1932) [15:37] Violin Sonata No. 2 in C minor (1933) [22:15] Sonata in C minor for two pianos (1928) [22:30] Nico Baltussen (violin), Catherine Mertens, Luc Devos (piano) rec. 1998? TALENT DOM2910 24 [57:52] [RB]

Truly the past was in De Greef’s case a different country. He held true to his star and these works are cause for gratitude that he did ... see Full Review

Simeon ten HOLT (b. 1923) Canto Ostinato (1976-79) [163:14] Gerard Bouwhuis, Gene Cart, Arielle Vernčde, Crees van Zeeland (pianos) rec. January, 1988, Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands. DDD ETCETERA KTC1317 [3 CDs: 56.00 + 54.16 + 52.58] [KM]

A beautiful, long minimalist piano work ... see Full Review

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791) Epistelsonaten, Werke für eine Orgelwalze Sonate in C KV 328 [5:20] Sonate in F KV 244 [4:16] Fantasie in f KV 594 [12:22] Sonate in B KV 212 [3:45] Sonate in Es KV 67 [2:38] Andante in F KV 616 [7:42] Sonate in F KV 224 [5:11] Sonate in D KV 69 [4:10] Fantasie in f KV 608 [12:08] Sonate in D KV 144 [3:50] Sonate in C KV 336 [5:05] Gerhard Gnann (organ) rec. Sankt Mariä Empfängnis, Essen-Holsterhausen, Germany, August 2006. DDD ORGANUM OGM 261128 [69:32] [CB]

A highly recommendable release … lively and musical playing, always in tune with the essence of each composition ... see Full Review

Domenico SCARLATTI (1685-1757) The Complete Sonatas, Volume V CD 1 - Venice XII (1757) K484-498 CD 2 - Venice XII (1757) K499-4513 CD 3 - Venice XIII (1757) K514-29 CD 4 - Venice XIII (1757) K530-43 CD 5 - The Continuo Sonatas K78, 88-91 Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660-1725)* Sinfonia in C minor Largo,  [1:56] Sinfonia in C minor Allegro,  [1:15] Sinfonia in C minor Sarabande,  [1:45] Sinfonia in C minor Allegro,  [1:07] George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759)* Sonata in F major Allegro, HWV405 [2:03] Sonata in F major Grave, HWV405 [1:43] Sonata in F major Allegro, HWV405 [2:05] Richard Lester (harpsichord and fortepiano) Academia Musicali*: Elizabeth Lester (treble recorder); Nerys Evans (descant and treble recorder) rec: October, 2004, Wisteria Lodge, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. DDD NIMBUS RECORDS NI1729 [5 CDs: 70:25 + 61:45 + 64:28 + 62:04 + 46:34] [MS]

Volume V in this extensive and ambitious series is every bit as welcome, enjoyable and stimulating as the previous four. A vast range of moods, styles, approaches, sounds and themes in a unique oeuvre is expertly played by Lester – this time with some help … see Full Review

English Idylls CD 1 Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934) On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring Frank BRIDGE (1879-1941) Enter Spring John FOULDS (1880-1939) 'April - England' Frank BRIDGE Summer (Tone poem for orchestra) Percy Aldridge GRAINGER (1882-1961) Harvest Hymn Arnold BAX (1883-1953) November Woods Frank BRIDGE Christmas Dance 'Sir Roger de Coverley' CD 2 Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Romanza from Tuba Concerto (arr. cello and orchestra by Vaughan Williams)  Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934) Romance, Op. 62 (arr. cello and orchestra by Elgar) Une idylle, Op. 4 No. 1 (arr. cello and organ) Frederick DELIUS Two Pieces for Cello and Chamber Orchestra (1930) 1. Caprice 2. Elegy Percy GRAINGER Youthful Rapture (1901) George DYSON (1883-1964) Fantasy (1935) from Prelude, Fantasy and Chaconne John IRELAND (1879-1962) The Holy Boy (1913) (transc. Christopher Palmer) Sir Henry WALFORD DAVIES (1869-1941) Solemn Melody (1908) for solo cello, organ and strings Percy Aldridge GRAINGER Brigg Fair (transc. Christopher Palmer) Gustav HOLST (1874-1934) Invocation for Cello and Orchestra Cyril SCOTT (1879-1970) Pastoral and Reel (1927) Julian Lloyd-Webber (cello), John Lenehan (piano) (Scott), John Birch (organ) (Elgar, Davies) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner rec. March 1996, The Colosseum, Watford, UK (CD1); January 1994, St. John’s Smith Square, London (CD2). DDD PHILIPS ELOQUENCE 442 8415 [68:35 + 59:55] [RB]

With decent notes this makes a pretty good bargain if you are in the mood for British music with an idyllic tendency ... see Full Review

 

Monday August 27th

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) Piano Music - Volume 2 Canción (Song) (1900) [2:16] Cortejo de los gnomos (Cortege of Gnomes) (1901)[2:18] Vals-capricho (1900) [3:11] Canción de los remeros del Volga (Song of the Volga Boatmen) (1922) [3:39] Mazurca (1899) [5:23] Fantasía bética (1919) [13:17] Los Danzas de La vida breve, (arr. piano) Danse primera [3:36]; Danse segunda [4:26]; Suite de El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-cornered Hat) (excerpts) (arr. piano): Danza de la molinera (Dance of the Miller's Wife) [4:19]; Danza de los vecinos (Dance of the Neighbours) [3:35]; Danza del molinero (Dance of the Miller) [2:29]; Danza del corregidor (Dance of the Corregidor) [2:00]; Danza final (jota) Final Dance (Jota) [5:17] Daniel Ligorio (piano) rec. Estudios Moraleda, Barcelona, February-March 2005. DDD NAXOS 8.555066 [55:47] [JF]

Listen, stop the player, sip a glass of Rioja and move on to the next number! ... see Full Review

British Light Music Premieres - Vol. 4 Ernest TOMLINSON (b. 1924) Aladdin (1974): Jewel Dances: (Ruby; Emerald; Pearl); Aladdin’s Dance of Joy; Young Man in Love John FOX (b. 1924) A Surrey Rhapsody (2006) Jim COOKE (b. 1959) Concert Jig (2004) (Christopher Perry (hammered dulcimer)) Phillip LORD (1930-1969) Nautical Overture (1965) Richard VALERY (1906-2005) The Magic Carpet (1940) Lionel SAINSBURY (b. 1958) Cuban Dance no.2 (1991) Adam SAUNDERS (b. 1968) Overture: Pirates Ahoy! (2006) Carey BLYTON (1932-2002) Suite: The Golden Road to Samarkand (1991): Ships of the Desert; Caravanserai (Songs and Dances); Samarkand! Peter FLINN (b. 1965) Cinema Suite (2006): Ogres and Giants; The Magic Potion; Dreamscape; The Clowns; Resolution Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland; Paul Murphy (Flinn, Sainsbury, Lord) rec. Angel Studios, London, 2005-6. DDD DUTTON EPOCH CDLX7190 [77:06] [RB]

Another successfully enterprising and generous cross-section of British light music ... see Full Review

Into the Light Juan de ANCHIETA (1462-1523) Con amores, la mi madre*+ [2:30] Johann PACHELBEL (1653-1706) Canon*+ [3:38] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611) O quam gloriosum est regnum [6:38] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959) Five Preludes Gaspar FERNANDES (1570-1629) A negrito de cucurumbé*+ [2:54] Heitor VILLA-LOBOS Aria (Cantelina) Bachiana Brasiliera No.5*+ [7:11] Francisco TÁRREGA (1852-1968) Recuerdos de la Alhambra [4:12] Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895-1968) From: Romancero gitano* Procesión [1:57] Paso [2:25] Saeta [2:28] Thomas TALLIS (1505-1585) God grant we grace*+ [2:18] Tomás Luis de VICTORIA Alma Redemptoris Mater* [5:03] Miguel LLOBET (1878-1938) Canço de lladre [1:59] Alexander BORODIN (1833-1887) Polovtsian Dance*+ [4:07] Kaori Muraji (guitar) The Sixteen/Harry Christophers* Bob Chilcott (arranger)+ rec. St Giles, Cripplegate, London, 17-20 July 2006 DECCA 475 8199 [68:05] [DC]

As a package, this beautifully recorded and performed CD works extremely well ... see Full Review

Music of the Reformation Martin LUTHER (1483-1546) Nun bitten wir [0:50] Mitten wir im Leben sind [1:31] Nun bitten wir [0:50] Nun bitten wir [0:50] Nun bitten wir [0:50] Durch Adams Fall [0:54] Mit Fried und Freud [0:43] Caspar OTHMAYR (1515-1553) Ein feste Burg a 4 [2:17] Ein feste Burg Bicinium [1:00] Ein feste Burg a 4 [2:24] Verba Lutheri ultima [4:37] Mitten wir im Leben sind Bicinium [1:55] Epitaphium D Martin Lutheri [8:54] Durch Adams Fall Bicinium [1:19] Mit Fried und Freud [0:57] Verleih uns Frieden [1:41] Johann WALTER (1496-1570) Nun bitten wir [1:46] Nun bitten wir [1:43] Nun bitten wir [1:46] Der christliche Glaub [2:59] Mitten wir im Leben sind [3:08] Das Vater unser Vater [2:38] Durch Adams Fall [2:20] Mit Fried und Freud [1:03] Verleih uns Frieden [1:54] Himlische Cantorey: (Veronika Winter (soprano); Henning Voss (alto); Henning Kaiser (tenor); Jan Kobow (tenor); Ralf Grobe (bass)); Michel Freimuth (lute); Gregor Hollmann (organ) rec. 28 August, 1-2 September 2003, Markt Nordheim, Schloß Seehaus, Germany. DDD CPO 777 275-2 [49:12] [MS]

Intimate, focused devotional music – the first Protestant hymns from Germany performed with sensitivity and restraint - and all the better for that -  on a welcome CD that’s short on quantity, but not on musical pleasure ... see Full Review

Zarzuela Gerónimo GIMÉNEZ (1854–1923) La Tempranica (1900) 1. Sierras de Granada [6:24] Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891–1982) La Marchenera (1928) 2. Petenera (Tres horas antes del dia) [3:00] Pablo SOROZÁBAL (1897–1988) Adíos a la bohemia (1933) 3. Recuerdas aquella tarde? [2:26] Francisco Asenjo BARBIERI (1823–1894) Mis dos mujeres (1855) 4. żPor qué se oprime el alma? [6:21] Jacinto GUERRERO (1895–1951) La rosa del azafrán (1930) 5. No me duele que se vaya [3:30] Pedro Miguel MARQUÉS (1843–1918) El anillo de hierro (1878) 6. Pasión del alma mia [5:30] 7. Lágrimas mias, en dónde estáis [3:17] Pablo SOROZÁBAL La del manojo de rosas (1934) 8. No corté mas que una rosa [4:01] Manuel Fernández CABALLERO (1835–1906) Gigantes y cabezudos (1898) 9. ˇEsta es su carta! [5:17] Federico CHUECA (1846–1908) and Joaquin VALVERDE (1846–1910) La Gran Via (1886) 10. Chotis del Eliseo madrileńo (Yo soy el Elisedo) [4:28] Gerónimo GIMÉNEZ La Tempranica (1900) 11. La tarántula (La tarántula é un bicho mu malo) [1:44] Manuel Fernández CABALLERO Château Margaux (1887) 12. Siempre lo decia nuestra directora [3:41] Ana Maria Sánchez (soprano) Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE/Enrique Garcia Asensio rec. Teatro Monumental de Madrid, 12–16 July, 2004 RTVE 65225 [49:43] [GF]

Even though los Angeles, Caballé and Berganza still hold their own in this repertoire, Ana Maria Sánchez is a thrilling alternative with an extra dramatic frisson ... see Full Review


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